I’ve had the color green on the brain I think, check out all this green!
There has been a carbohydrate discussion going on over at Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Blog, all that pasta and grains made me hungry! So I whipped up a vat of spinach spaghetti! For the sauce, I happened to stumble upon this great find over at Vegan Yum Yum called ‘Hurry Up Alfredo’, and yum yum it is! I added the suggested jarred roasted bell pepper and the steamed broccoli. I wanted a bit of red, but didn’t have a fresh tomato on hand, so I opened a can of diced tomatoes and simmered them a while to reduce the sauce (*Tip: cooking canned tomatoes just a bit longer than ‘just heating them’ will reduce, if not remove, the tin taste that you sometimes get from canned tomatoes.*) and then added that to the spaghetti party. I also topped off the spaghetti with pinenuts. The sauce was not white, so don’t be alarmed by the brownish look, also don’t judge the sauce by it’s color, it is good. If you like nutritional yeast then you will know the flavor that this sauce imparts, it was a combo taste of nutritional yeast and dijon mustard, the roasted red pepper added a good element to the flavor. Let me preface that this is very good, but it tastes a bit closer to an Alfredo with perhaps some cheddar thrown in. I think perhaps Katie’s 3-ingredient Alfredo is more like the ‘white sauce’ Alfredo, if you want my opinion. Both are good!!!! Please don’t misunderstand, I like them both, in fact they will both be used in my arsenal of pasta sauces.
My latest ‘green smoothie’, Tropical Energy Smoothie (chard/pineapple/mango/banana) (Green Smoothie Revolution, p. 105), gets a rating of YUM! I used chard this time, and a smaller amount because, let’s be honest, chard is a stronger flavor than romaine, right?! I also used apple juice instead of water, I have found that I like these better if I use a fruit juice rather than water, it adds not only sweetness but also a depth of flavor. I omitted the sunflower seed sprouts. Also I used frozen pineapple.